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December 20, 2014


Obama announces ‘way forward’ in health care next week #p2 #politics #hcr #tcot

    By Mandel Ngan, AFP/Getty Images President Obama will make an announcement sometime next week on "the way forward" in health care, spokesman Robert Gibbs said today. The big question: Will he support congressional "reconciliation," a legislative process that could enable Democrats to pass Obama's comprehensive $950 billion health care plan and avoid a Senate Republican filibuster. Gibbs said Obama will consult with congressional Democrats in the days ahead. The president hasn't made any final decisions, Gibbs added, only that he wants an up-or-down vote on health care. The president himself made the same point at yesterday's summit with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders. At the end of that session, Obama told Republicans: "The question that I'm going to ask myself, and I ask of all of you is, 'is there enough serious effort that in a month's time or a few weeks' time or six weeks' time we could actually resolve something?' And if we … [Read more...]

GOP Obstruction On Unemployment Compensation (Video) #p2 #politics #tcot

Republicans care more about blocking than their own constituency. This video shows Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky obstructing a motion to move unemployment compensation forward even though his state is disproportionately affected by the recession. … [Read more...]

Highlights From Healthcare Summit #p2 #tcot #politics #hcr

President Obama Opens the Health Reform Meeting President Obama lays out the plan for the day and his hopes for what can be accomplished. He talks about where we're at now and why this meeting is so necessary: "Politics, I think, ended up trumping practical common sense. I said at the State of the Union, and I'll repeat -- I didn't take this on because I thought it was good politics. This is such a complicated issue that it's inevitably going to be contentious. But what I'm hoping to accomplish today is for everybody to focus not just on where we differ, but focus on where we agree."   "You are entitled to your opinion, but not your own facts" In response to Republican Senator Lamar Alexander's contention that premiums will go up under reform, the President cites the Congressional Budget Offices report that his proposal will actually lower costs for individuals. President Obama also cites some of the Republican ideas he's included in his proposal and makes it clear … [Read more...]

H1N1: Pandemic was emotional as well as physical

  By Madison Park, CNN February 23, 2010 10:47 a.m. EST (CNN) -- Last spring, U.S. doctors' offices were barraged with phone calls and worried patients packed into hospitals. Schools closed. Face masks and Tamiflu were suddenly in short supply. The country verged on an H1N1 panic. The new flu virus, first widely reported in Mexico, was infecting the young and healthy, rather than those usually most at risk, the elderly and infirm. Beginning in April 2009, H1N1 flu fanned across the globe. The World Health Organization declared it a global pandemic in June. Hand sanitizer was suddenly seen everywhere, and, heeding the often-repeated advice of top U.S. health officials, many people began coughing into their shoulders or elbows rather than covering their mouths with their hands. "My patients were so anxious," recalled Dr. Danielle Ofri, an internist at Bellevue Hospital in New York. "They were so agitated. They wanted to know about that swine flu vaccine and … [Read more...]

Pelosi Calls Out Boehner’s Lies At Healthcare Summit #hcr #p2 #politics #tcot

I am a fan of Speaker Pelosi. She has more guts that every Democrat including the President. She is a proud liberal who have done all that was asked of her and she produced. Now if the men would the the country’s business we will have our bill. P … [Read more...]

Obama Calls Out Lamar Alexander On His Facts: AP Fact Check #politics #p2 #tcot #hcr

  By CALVIN WOODWARD First Posted: 02-25-10 01:41 PM   |   Updated: 02-25-10 WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama and a Republican lawmaker sparred Thursday over what might happen to health insurance premiums in an overhauled system, both cited a nonpartisan analysis that looked at that very question. The president gave a fairer summary of what the analysis found. Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander declared in his statement to the White House health policy conference that "for millions of Americans, premiums will go up" under the Obama plan. That much could be true -- but for millions of others, premiums are expected to go down and those who face higher costs would be getting better coverage than they have now. The debate on that point is key if Americans are to accept the insurance changes Obama wants. Democrats know that pitching their plan as a means to extend coverage to the uninsured is not enough: They must convince middle-income Americans who … [Read more...]

Rachel Maddow Expose GOP Lie On Reconciliation #p2 #politics #hcr #tcot

Rachel Maddow is fast becoming one of the most complete journalists on television bar none. Unlike most “journalists” that continue to be lazy, allowing politicians to spin without any challenge to any misinformation they make expound, she does her homework. The video below is a must see. Not only is it a must see but you must pass it along. The GOP is attempting to equate reconciliation with the nuclear option that Republican Majority Leader Bill Frist attempted. It must be noted, it is the Republicans that have been constantly ramming things through with reconciliation and have been the only ones to attempt a nuclear option.   As shown in Rachel’s well researched piece, Republican Senators and Republican Congress people have supported reconciliation vociferously in the past. Some notable quotes: Eric Cantor direct quote in 2005 “Reconciliation is a process I hope we can engage in every year” Senator Judd Gregg “We are using the rules of the Senate here. That’s what this is Senator. … [Read more...]

Fact Check: Could — and would — the U.S. cut the Pentagon budget?

  By Matt Smith, CNN February 24, 2010 -- Updated 2004 GMT (0404 HKT)   (CNN) -- The Obama administration has called for a freeze on government programs other than defense and entitlements, but why should the Pentagon be excluded? That's the position of CNN iReporters Egberto Willies and Adriana Maxwell, both of whom see defense spending as a target of opportunity. Willies argues that the U.S. defense budget is several times bigger than that of China, the world's most populous nation, and urges that some of that money be turned to "rebuilding America." "We're depleting our wealth to build things that are going to be destroyed, while other countries use their wealth to build infrastructure: to build new rails, to build new ports," Willies said. iReport: Military budget is "wasteful" Maxwell, meanwhile, points specifically to the Navy's plan to build a new class of aircraft carriers as something that should face the ax. "Last I … [Read more...]

From Nearly Dead To Nearly Done: How The White House Refocused On Health Care To Finish It Off #hcr #p2 #politics

  Congressional Democrats say Thursday's health care summit is likely to clear final hurdles to passing health care reform - and say President Obama returning to the issue with a clear focus and specific health care proposal makes it easier for them to get it done. Health care reform was in hibernation after the special election in Massachusetts ended the 60-vote supermajority in the Senate, with some even declaring it dead and buried. But over the last few weeks there have been a series of developments that gave new life to health care reform. Democrats say the summit is the final step to securing House and Senate support for a compromise bill that could pass by the spring. TPMDC has been surfacing where the momentum came from, with Congressional and Washington sources telling us that the White House at first seemed wary about spending political capital on something that was plummeting in the polls and which had wounded the party's chances at success in November. Since Obama finally … [Read more...]

President Obama’s Health Reform Plan Needs You Now #p2 #politics

Insurance companies and likely the drug companies are likely gearing up to kill healthcare reform once and for all. Only you can make a difference.   Yesterday, the White House released President Obama's health insurance reform proposal. It bridges the gap between the House and Senate bills, includes ideas from both parties to crack down on waste, fraud, and abuse, and puts American families and small business owners in control of their own health care. And it creates a major new authority to help states crack down on insurers who propose unreasonable and unfair rate hikes -- like the ones we saw just last week in California and Maine. It's a proposal that combines feedback from the health debate with the President's longstanding principles on reform -- and it's a bill that any member of Congress can support. But we know Big Insurance won't like it one bit. Before too long, their attack ads will be back up on TV and their misinformation campaign will be up and running. They'll have … [Read more...]